Louisiana & Arkansas' first ancestor, Louisiana Railway & Navigation, built between New Orleans and Shreveport during 1896-1907, and extended to McKinney, Texas, near Dallas, in 1923 by acquiring a Katy branch. A southwestern Arkansas logging road begun in 1896 had been renamed Louisiana & Arkansas Railway by 1906, and in 1928 LR&N and L&A merged, taking the L&A name. Kansas City Southern acquired all L&A stock in 1939 and operated it as part of the system, but kept L&A as a subsidiary until 1995.
History of Avoyelles Parish, Corinne L. Saucier
Pelican Publishing, 1998 - History - 542 pages
Texas State Historical Association
The Louisiana and Arkansas Railway Company was chartered in Delaware on July 7, 1928, to acquire the old Louisiana and Arkansas Railway Company and to acquire and lease the Louisiana Railway and Navigation Company. This formed a system with routes from Shreveport, Louisiana, to New Orleans; Hope, Arkansas, to Alexandria, Louisiana; and from Minden, Louisiana, to Shreveport. In 1934 the company merged the LR&N. The principal office was originally in Shreveport, but was subsequently moved to Kansas City, Missouri. On July 1, 1939, the L&A merged its Texas subsidiary, the Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas Railway Company, into the parent company.
ARKANSAS SOUTHERN R. CO. v. LOUISIANA & A R CO, 218 U.S. 431 (1910)
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Photographic copies of postcards depicting Louisiana railroad depots.
Folder 1 Abbeville (undated): Southern Pacific Alexandria (1909):Texas and Pacific/ Missouri Pacific Alexandria (1978): Louisiana and Arkansas Alexandria (1978): Texas and Pacific Amite: Illinois Central Anococo: Kansas City Southern Archie (1940): Louisiana and Arkansas Avon Folder 2 Baldwin: Texas and New Orleans Bastrop: Arkansas, Louisiana, and Missouri Bastrop: Missouri Pacific Baton Rouge (1960): Illinois Central/Missouri Pacific Baton Rouge (1971): Kansas City Southern Benson (1983): Kansas City Southern Bernice: Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad Berwick: Texas and New Orleans Bunkie: Texas and Pacific Folder 3 Caspiana: Texas and Pacific Church Point: Missouri Pacific Clarence: Louisiana and Arkansas Colfax: Louisiana and Arkansas Collinston: Missouri/Pacific Coushatta: Louisiana and Arkansas Crowely: Missouri/Pacific Crowley (1910): Oregon and Nebraska Crowley (1956): Southern Pacific Cullen: Louisiana and Arkansas Cypress (1941): Texas and Pacific Folder 4 Delhi (1966): Illinois Central DeQuincy: Kansas City Southern
DeRidder: Kansas City Southern DeRidder: Southern Pacific Des Allemands (1942): Texas and New Orleans Dido: Atchsion and Santa Fe Donaldsonville: Missouri/Pacific Dubach Folder 5 Elizabeth: Santa Fe Elton: Missouri Pacific Eunice: Missouri Pacific Eunice: Southern Pacific Ferriday (1940): Louisiana Midland Ferriday: Missouri Pacific Fisher: Kansas City Southern Florein: Kansas City Southern Frankliln: Southern Pacific Franklin (1941): Texas and New Orleans Folder 6 Gonzales (1940): Kansas City Southern Gretna: Southern Pacific Gretna: Texas and Pacific Good Hope: Illinois Central Gueydan: Southern Pacific Hammond (1966): Illinois Central Haynesville: Louisiana and Northwestern Hodgo Holly Ridge: Illinois Central Homer: Louisiana and Northwestern Hornbeck: Kansas City Southern Houma: Texas and New Orleans Folder 7 Ikes (1921): Santa Fe Independence: Illinois Central Jeanerette (1939): Texas and New Orleans Jennings: Southern Pacific Kentwood: Illinois Central
LOUISIANA RAILROAD DEPOT PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION Mss. 4161
Kinder (1939): Missouri Pacific LaFayette (1967): Southern Pacific Lake Charles: Kansas City Southern Lake Charles (1967): Southern Pacific Lake Providence: Missouri Pacific Folder 8 Leesville: Kansas City Southern Lettsworth: Texas and Pacific Lockport (1943): Texas and New Orleans Luling: Texas and Pacific Mansfeild: Kansas City Southern Many: Kansas City Southern Maringouin: Texas and Pacific Mermentau (1967): Southern Pacific Merryville (1921): Santa Fe Folder 9 Monroe (1968): Illinois Central Monroe (1905): Missouri Pacific Montgomery: Louisiana and Arkansas Morgan City: Southern Pacific Morgan City: Texas and New Orleans Napoleonville (1943): Texas and New Orleans Natchez: Missouri Pacific Natchitoches: Texas and Pacific Newellton: Missouri Pacific Folder 10 New Iberia: Southern Pacific New Orleans (1906): Illinois Central New Orleans (1915): Louisville and Nashville New Orleans (1915): Texas and Pacific New Orleans (1968) New Roads: Texas and Pacific Nitram (1921): Santa Fe Norco: Lousiana and Arkansas Oakdale (1968): Missouri Pacific Oakdale (1921): Santa Fe Folder 11 Oberlin: Missouri Pacific Opelousas: Missouri Pacific Opelousas: Southern Pacific Patterson (1939): Texas and New Orleans Plaquemine: Texas and Pacific Pleasant Hill (1942): Texas and Pacific Ponchatoula (1968): Illinois Central Port Allen: Texas and Pacific Port Barre: Missouri Pacific Folder 12 Payne (1939): Texas and New Orleans Reserve: Illinois Central Ruston: Rock Island and Illinois Central St. Francisville: Illinois Central Schriever: Southern Pacific Shreveport (1910): Texas and Pacific Shreveport (1968) Folder 13 Slidell: Southern Sorrento: Louisiana and Arkansas South Mansfield (1915): Texas and Pacific Spring Hill: Louisiana and Arkansas Tallulah (1968): Illinois Central Tallulah (1968): Missouri Pacific Tangipahoa: Illinois Central Urania (1909): Missouri Pacific Folder 14 Vinton (1967): Southern Pacific Villa Platte: Missouri Pacific Vivian (1968): Kansas City Southern Welsh: Southern Pacific Winfield: Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Winnsboro: Missouri Pacific Wisner: Missouri Pacific